Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library

Connecting Community – Broadening Horizons



Research Services

Patrons unable to access our collection in person may send inquiries by mail,  Email (, or the Contact form.

If sending requests by postal mail, please use the following address:

Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library (P&WCPL)
3100 Emerson Ave
Parkersburg WV 26101
Attn. Genealogy Department

Please be aware of the following guidelines.

  • Our minimum research fee is $2.00 per request (each Obituary would count as a request) plus $.10/page for photocopies.
  • There is a limit of 5 requests at a time.
  • Please include a phone number or email address in the request in case we need further information.
  • An invoice will be sent with the requested Obituary, article, etc.
  • If requesting an article/Obituary from a newspaper, you must provide us with at least a month and a year for us to initiate a search.
  • Similarly, if requesting information from our census microfilm reels, you must provide us with at least a state, township/district/borough, and a year.
  • A pdf copy of our microfilm holdings is here.

Invoice Payment Options

• To send a check, please use the address listed above.

• To use a credit card or GPay,

Please enter amount including decimal point
Your receipt will be emailed to you.

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or scan the QR code below with your smartphone

Digital Library

(Our digital library is temporarily not available and we’re working to get it restored. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.)

Access the growing collection of digitally scanned copies of books from the PWCPL Genealogy section.

Take fun and interactive trivia quizzes prepared by the Genealogy staff to spotlight works by our local historians.


Get more information on upcoming scheduled Genealogy seminars hosted by PWCPL.

Beginning Genealogy Class, Emerson branch, 1/24/2022

Online Resources

Here is a listing of Genealogy web sites that may be of help.